We asked the TikTok baristas about Riddler’s question mark in the ‘The Batman’ trailer
In the new trailer for the upcoming move The batman with Robert Pattinson, there are explosions, fireballs, rough retaliatory voiceovers and … latte art?
Yes, one of the most talked about moments is a cup of coffee. Specifically, a handcrafted flat white with poured foam that represents Batman Riddler’s (Paul Dano) villain’s calling card: A question mark.
âI think the art of latte really stole the show,â said Rohan Cooke, a longtime barista from Melbourne who manages the TikTok account for his roasting, equipment and media company, Golden Brown Coffee.
The opening scene of the trailer shows (presumably) Paul Dano, who plays Riddler, sitting at the counter of a grimy late-night dinner party. The cops burst in and he doesn’t resist when he’s taken into custody. The camera then turns to the coffee mug sitting in front of him, showing the message in the cafe, the question mark.
If latte art could be threatening, this is it.
Terror, your name is the latte art.
Credit: Warner bros / screenshot by mashable
But, of course, the Internet asks questions. How did Riddler get this latte art? Did he specifically ask the server for it? Or is Riddler himself the artist working in the restaurant, which would make the arrested man at the counter an impostor? How come he has a perfectly formed, unfaded latte art in front of him at the exact moment he was taken away by the cops?
“I like to think that the Riddler received his latte with just a circle of frothed milk on his latte, then drew the question mark himself, maybe with a spoon or utensil.” , barista Morgan Eckroth, a latte art pro who has 5.4 million subscribers on their TikTok, @morgandrinkscoffee, said. “Or even with his finger, maybe!”
Yes, yes, the answer to most of these questions is Because Movies. But we all know it’s not good enough.
Mashable spoke to TikTok baristas Eckroth and Cooke for their take on the mystery of the question mark latte art.
1) How is the question mark latte possible?
Eckroth: âThe latte art that was shown in the trailer is probably not possible thanks to aâ free pour. âSince the question mark is a darker color and placed in a circle of foam. milk, it should have been hand drawn on top of the frothed milk after adding it to the latte. It would take a fair amount of knowledge and firm hands to make something as crisp and precise as what has been shown. “
Cooke: âThe one in the video is fantastic. Whoever made it was very talented. But for any other barista, you have to steam the milk, pour it in the center to make that big white circle, and then with another shot of espresso, you can spoon the creamer to make that question mark on top.
âThe funny thing about this latte art is that normally the latte art would be a brown background with a white design. But obviously the director really wanted the question mark to stand out, so they reversed the colors to really. bring it out. “
2) How do you think this latte appeared in front of the Riddler at just the right time before his arrest? Good timing from the barista!
Cooke: “He had to work closely with the barista behind the bar to get this coffee to come at just the right time.
âThe other theory is that the Riddler was a barista in a past life. I can tell you that as a barista, making hundreds of coffees a day, you can get a little crazy. So maybe he there is a new origin story. “
3) How long does the latte art last before it starts to lose its shape?
Eckroth: “Latte art will usually start to lose its shape after a few minutes. I would say it’s a safe bet that your latte art will start to look like a drop after five minutes have started to separate.”
Cooke: âLatte art is not necessarily going to lose its shape. But between 2 to 5 minutes, it will start to bubble, it will start to dissipate. was cool. This milk looks silky and looks like a single texture. So you know this was permanently dropped in the last 30 seconds or a minute. “
Hmmm, Eckroth’s finger drawing method seems more and more convincing … Unless the barista is interested!
4) Did you find it strange that this latte art appeared in what appeared to be a seedy restaurant?
Cooke: “That was my first thought, I think, do they have an espresso machine? Do they have the equipment to shoot that? You would think it was behind the counter of a Stumptown or a blue bottle. “
5) As a latte master, how does it feel to see latte art appear in the trailer for a huge new movie?
Eckroth: âIt was pretty exciting! It’s always fun to see a daily part of my work appear so prominently in pop culture. While it’s not a traditional latte art for, I think the photo of the question mark in the milk froth was very clever. “
Cooke: “If you had asked me before, do you think the latte art is going to appear in the new Batman trailer, I never would have thought it would.”
6) What would you do if a customer (the Riddler ??) asked for a question mark in their latte?
Eckroth: âI would absolutely have to do my best! I’ve had clients who have requested designs before and while that isn’t always possible, it’s a fun challenge to do something out of the ordinary. “
Cooke: âTo be honest, I’ve been asked to draw much worse things. So I probably wouldn’t think twice. However, if the police raided my cafe, I probably think the point is. The questioning was a bit suspicious. Watch out for everyone who gets a question mark in their coffee. If you do, it’s probably time to get out of there. “